Bubblews and the Sweeble App
There has been much speculation about what will become of Bubblews and the new Sweeble application since the announcement at the first of the year, which knocked many of the community for a loop. Many of the writers who were expecting a payment found out that their pending payments had been wholly deleted. Others found that they might receive pennies on the dollars. Earnings to reach the $50 minimum payout level are at a standstill.
In February, we heard about a conflict between Bubblews' Arvind Dixit and Sue Greenwood who owned a UK company and website under the Sweeble name. Nothing has been reported since mid-February by Greenwood.
The SweebleApp.com website has seemed to change recently. It still claims to be "Coming Spring 2015 for iOS and Android" and how has a new look to it with an undulating jellyfish on the site.
I also have looked at its Twitter page (https://twitter.com/sweebleapp), which seems to have been very active in April. Some have shared links to what they are testing, so it seems that Avi, and Bear (MeestahBarnes at Twitter) have been busy with this new app. (It is also being promoted by a Sara_Zuccari at Twitter.)
These are the things I could find where there is a blogpost, a video, and evidence of the new app being tested, for those interested:
- https://twitter.com/search?q=feedthesweeb&src =typd
The evidence I see is catering to the younger crowd, who are less likely to care about community and relationship-building, as did the more mature crowd at Bubblews. The hashtag used is "#FeedTheSweeb" if you are likely to follow that on Twitter and Instagram.
So, while Bear states that "We are still here. Watching, reading and listening" when it comes to Bubblews, they are quiet there for the last two months. But there are things happening on the Sweebleapp front, but they certainly are not sharing that openly with the Bubblews diehards.
Perhaps, that is how they are feeding (funding) the Sweeb.
© Coral Levang, 2015
Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/jellyfish-ocean-aquatic-life-animal-599472/ by pixeldust